Novak defense says investigation was one-sided

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The defense attorney in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman said the defendant was the target of a one-sided investigation. The prosecution said during opening arguments late Wednesday afternoon circumstantial evidence will show Edward Novak II strangled and beat […]

Troops need protection during ‘bonus limbo’

By Tom Philpott Pentagon officials and congressional staffs are working together to try to ensure that thousands of bonus-qualified recruits, and thousands of careerists ready to re-enlist, aren’t harmed financially by the current suspension of bonuses and incentive pays. Bonuses and many special pays stopped Jan. 1 because President Bush vetoed the fiscal 2008 defense […]

2008 Basic Allowance for Housing set

By Tom Philpott Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will climb an average of 7.3 percent next month to keep pace with local rental costs. A total of 1.2 million service members will draw BAH in 2008, an increase of 250,000 over 2007, said Susan A. […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Fight Like a Girl and Win: Defense Decisions for Women By Lori Hartman Gervasi Unfortunately, women are susceptible to random acts of violence from stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, and worse. With this guidebook, women can learn how to increase their security, outsmart […]

Co-defendant refuses to testify in murder trial

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By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday in Roosevelt County District Court, according to prosecutors. Orlando Salas, a 17-year-old serving a sentence for his connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, was also charged with […]

ENMU seeking 4-0 start

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s option offense, potent through its first three games this season, should face its stiffest test so far tonight when the Greyhounds take on Central Oklahoma in a Lone Star Conference crossover contest at Edmond, Okla. The Greyhounds lead NCAA Division II in rushing at 427.3 […]

Hounds host East Central

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo expected Eastern New Mexico University’s secondary to be challenged last week by Northeastern State’s air attack. The Greyhounds passed that test, winning 14-10, but now may face a bigger challenge against East Central in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover game today at Blackwater Draw. Sophomore […]

Lady Ram soccer whips Goddard J.V.

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram soccer team thought they had the Goddard junior varsity figured out last weekend in a 5-1 loss in Roswell Tuesday afternoon at the Portales soccer complex they proved it with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Rockets for their first win of the season. “We […]

Portales opens with sweep of Hobbs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams volleyball team began the 2007 season with a three-game sweep of the Hobbs Lady Eagles at the Portales High School gymnasium Tuesday night. “I think it was a good start; we got all of our nerves out,” senior Bethany Self said. “We were just trying […]

Rams getting defensive

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram defense was the team’s backbone last season in its run to the Class 3A state championship game, and despite losing several key contributors, it once again figures to be a team strength as the new season begins. The Rams have just four players who played on […]

Lady Rams look to upcoming season

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team wasn’t happy with their semifinal exit from the state playoffs last season, and despite some key losses, they seem ready to stake their claim as one of the best in the state once again. The Lady Rams are in the middle of a […]

Senators fight for Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Bedford’s mental evaluation argued

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Judge could limit some testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses – including nine Friday, the first day of mitigation for Bedford. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current […]

Penalty phase to begin

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Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Last Thursday, the jury handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the March […]

June 19, 1980

• City crews installed the last of four new civil defense sirens at the four corners of Portales. • Grand opening specials at the Alco Discount Store included a king size lunch kit for $4.99 and an electric can opener for $8.99 • Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander starred in the Academy Award […]

Threat claims leveled

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris and Odis Newman. They disagreed on who was doing the threatening. The prosecution said it was capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford who threatened Peninger. […]

Novak hearing completes second day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airmen Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing that […]

Second hearing begins for Cannon airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He is […]